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Old 03-10-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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Here's a newbie question for you:
How do I plug into my electrical power at home? Do I need a special outlet or is there some kind of adapter?
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Old 03-10-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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We had a 16 foot Scamp and I just plugged it in to an outlet in the garage. It was only 15 amp outlet. You will need an adapter, which can be found at any RV shop or hardware store. We purchased a 19 Escape last year and I had an electrician come out and run a 30 amp circuit for the trailer only. He ran the wires through conduit inside the garage and then drilled a hole on the exterior of the garage and a 30 amp plug in for the trailer.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:11 PM   #3
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The 30 amp outlet is called an RV outlet. A conventional 15 amp outlet with adapter will probably do everything you need it to do as long as you don’t pile a couple big amp draws on it at the same time. Like the AC and the microwave or something like that. It will run the AC with nothing else on if you need to cool down the trailer before and during loading in the summer. I have an RV circuit in our storage building run in conduit with heavy wire. Not sure now what my brother used.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:22 PM   #4
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You can get the adaptor at most RV shops and stores like Canadian Tire, Walmart etc.
It will look something like this.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:24 PM   #5
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Thanks!! Very helpful.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:36 PM   #6
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When we picked up our trailer there is a black triangle block that we can plug the trailer plug into, and it will go into a household plug. It's not fancy but does the job.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:53 PM   #7
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When we picked up our trailer there is a black triangle block that we can plug the trailer plug into, and it will go into a household plug. It's not fancy but does the job.
Yes you are correct...I forgot about that. No need to buy anything. A nice touch for Escape to include one.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:54 PM   #8
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When we picked up our trailer there is a black triangle block that we can plug the trailer plug into, and it will go into a household plug. It's not fancy but does the job.
Probably something like this which are much cheaper if you donít need the dog bone style.
Donít drop the cord with it attached or you can easily break off the ground prong.
This one looks better made though than the Camco one I broke.

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When we picked up our trailer there is a black triangle block that we can plug the trailer plug into, and it will go into a household plug.
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Probably something like this which are much cheaper if you donít need the dog bone style.
Donít drop the cord with it attached or you can easily break off the ground prong.
This one looks better made though than the Camco one I broke.

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The problem with these one-piece adapters is that the weight of the trailer's cord far out from the face of the outlet tends to pull the adapter out of the outlet. The "dogbone" adapters (a short cord with a socket on one end and plug on the other) work better in this respect.
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The problem with these one-piece adapters is that the weight of the trailer's cord far out from the face of the outlet tends to pull the adapter out of the outlet. The "dogbone" adapters (a short cord with a socket on one end and plug on the other) work better in this respect.
I plug an extension cord into the wall outlet, lie it on the floor, and plug the Escape adapter into the extension to avoid the adapter pulling out of the wall plug.
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